Figure 7.6.1 shows how Faraday's Law is applied in the electromagnetic flowmeter. The liquid is the conductor that has a length equivalent to the inside diameter of the flowmeter D. The liquid conductor moves with an average velocity V through the magnetic field of strength B. The induced voltage is E. The mathematical relationship is:
When the pair of magnetic coils is energized, a magnetic field is generated in a plane mutually perpendicular to the axis of the liquid conductor and the plane of the electrodes. The velocity of the liquid is along the longitudinal axis of the flowmeter body; therefore, the voltage induced within the liquid is mutually perpendicular to the velocity of the liquid and the magnetic field.
The liquid should be considered as an infinite number of conductors moving through the magnetic field with each element contributing to the voltage that is generated. An increase in the flow rate of the liquid conductors moving through the field increases the instantaneous value of the voltage generated. Also, each of the individual generators contributes to the instantaneously generated voltage.
Whether the profile is essentially square (characteristic of a turbulent velocity profile), parabolic (characteristic of a laminar velocity profile), or distorted (characteristic of poor upstream piping), the magnetic flowmeter is excellent at averaging the voltage contribution across the metering cross section. The sum of the instantaneous voltages generated represents the average liquid velocity because each increment of liquid velocity within the plane of the electrode develops a voltage proportional to its local velocity. The signal voltage generated is equal to the average velocity almost regardless of the flow profile. The mag-
netic flowmeter detects the volumetric flow rate by sensing the linear velocity of the liquid.
The equation of continuity (Q = VA) is the relationship that converts the velocity measurement to volumetric flow rate if the area is constant. The area must be known and constant and the pipe must be full for a correct measurement.
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